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Frugal Friday Week 48

A DIY woodsplitting Friday, actually. Every so often, we’d have a tree that needed to come down, either for safety or aesthetic reasons. About 6 years ago, it occurred to me (It took that long? Yes.) that I was paying one guy to cut a tree down and haul it off and another guy to deliver firewood.


So last time, I asked, “How much to take these two trees down and away?” “$1000.” Then, “How much just to take them down?” $500. So down they came, and I was off to buy a small chainsaw and axe. The wood has been great, and you can look at it either way, I’m getting free firewood, or pretty much paying the same, but clearing away trees for free.


When Spring came this year, we had no firewood left at all. A few visits to my back yard and this was the result, about 3/4 of a cord of wood. This will last well past this winter, and I still have a large tree trunk left to cut up next year. I’m looking forward the first fire of the season.

If you have a fireplace, do you have wood delivered? Do you buy those shrink wrapped logs at the supermarket?

  • Dave November 22, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Those look like some rather small/decent sized stumps. Why didn’t you use the chainsaw to take them down too. (Just watch the direction of fall and try not to get them hung up.) You’re obviously not afraid to do your own cutting

  • Joe November 22, 2013, 6:45 pm

    A few were before I came to my senses. Since I realized the whole issue was crazy, I’ve only paid for large trees to come down.

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